Audra McDonald, Alice Ripley and Lillias White: This Week in Nightlife

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Audra McDonald

Friday, June 3: The Losers Lounge returns to Joe’s Pub for one weekend only, with a tribute to The Beach Boys album Pet Sounds. Join them for a night of performances, signature antics and special guests. Also playing June 4. Tickets $25; 7:30 and 9:30 PM.

The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys
The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

Saturday, June 4: The Gym at Judson transforms into a brassy dance hall for the evening with the premiere of Pipeline Theatre Company’s Playing Hot, a musical collaboration between playwright Kevin Armento, director Jaki Bradley and Louisiana-based band the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys. The show, billed as neither play nor musical but “an explosive theatrical event,” traces the birth of jazz in New Orleans. Tickets $20; 7:30 PM.

Sunday, June 5: Feinstein's/54 Below brings the classic musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to the cabaret stage. On hand to sing Frank Loesser’s hits are Broadway’s Josh Grisetti, Nick Wyman, Eddie Korbich, George Salazar and more. Tickets from $30; 7 and 9:30 PM.

Monday, June 6: Broadway Inspirational Voices present their annual gala, Night of Broadway Stars, at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Under the direction of Newsies’ Jeff Calhoun, the evening features guest performances by six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, Billy Porter, Capathia Jenkins and more. The Broadway stars are paired with homeless youth from The Covenant House who have participated in BIV’s outreach program, and who are also performing. Ticket prices vary; 8 PM.

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Alice Ripley

The sixth annual Night Of A Thousand Judys returns to Merkin Concert Hall to benefit The Ali Forney Center. The concert, honoring Judy Garland, features skits, tributes and songs from the likes of Lillias White, Annie Golden, Alice Ripley, Nathan Lee Graham and more. Tickets from $45; 8PM.

Tuesday, June 7: Carnegie Hall celebrates what would have been the great Cole Porter’s 125th birthday with It’s DeLovely, a concert featuring Molly Pope, Spencer Day, Lindsey Holloway, Steve Ross and Amra Faye-Wright. Ticket prices vary; 8 PM.

Wednesday, June 8: Shakina Nayfack is a woman on a mission; this month she’s taking her musical solo show about transitioning, Manifest Pussy, on the road in North Carolina in protest of the discriminatory HB2 Act. Ahead of the tour, the transgender actress, artistic director and advocate is bringing Manifest Pussy to the Joe’s Pub stage. An evening not to be missed! Tickets $20; 9:30 PM.

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